The Popularity of Irish Theme Pubs in Contemporary Australia: A Legacy of Irish Migration

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O'Mahony, Barry G (2009) The Popularity of Irish Theme Pubs in Contemporary Australia: A Legacy of Irish Migration. Tourism, Culture & Communication, 9 (1-2). pp. 115-123. ISSN 1098-304X


With increasing flows of economic, social, and cultural migration an understanding of the contribution of migrants to host societies is central to social stability. This study uses a series of qualitative research techniques to uncover a connection between the popularity of contemporary Irish theme pubs in Melbourne and early Irish migration to Australia. The history of Irish migrants within the hospitality industry in Melbourne and Victoria during the mid- to late 1800s is reported upon and the study concludes that the recent popularity of Irish theme pubs within the Australian community is supported by a cultural resonance based on familiar themes and deeply ingrained notions of Irishness and the Irish Australian colonial experience.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.3727/109830409787556701
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Subjects Historical > SEO Classification > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Historical > FOR Classification > 1505 Marketing
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
Keywords ResPubID17537, migration, Irish, Irish theme pubs, Australia
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